Remember when we were little and we thought being adults would be fun. Then we become adults and realize there's really no fun? I mean, out of work is fun. But work is work. Sometimes you're happy with yourself, sometimes you're not. And it goes on and on.
That's why I'm glad we'll be going to Hawaii soon. That'll be so much more fun. Living out there. Elaine's thinking C.I. might make it her main place as well. (My house was a gift from C.I. a few years ago and it's on the same land as her house. So it would be great if we could all be out there.)
Patrick Martin (WSWS) reports:
After winning the Democratic nomination as the supposedly most antiwar candidate, Obama embraced the Bush administration warmongers, retaining Bush’s defense secretary Robert Gates, barring any prosecution of Bush officials for the lies that accompanied the war in Iraq or the use of torture, and keeping open Guantanamo Bay and other US torture centers. Obama tripled the number of troops in Afghanistan, waged war in Libya, and ordered drone missile strikes that have incinerated men, women and children in half a dozen countries. He is the first US president to assert the right to assassinate any American citizen, anywhere on the globe, based solely on his executive authority, without either legal or judicial sanction.
Obama’s signature social policy initiative, the healthcare “reform” legislation, was a compendium of reactionary measures—some borrowed from the Republicans, like the “individual mandate,” a regressive tax on lower-income working people—implemented for a reactionary purpose: to cut the health care costs of US corporations and the government, by forcing working people either to use fewer health care services or pay for them out of pocket. This was not a genuine social reform, like Social Security or Medicare, but a major step towards denying millions the healthcare they need, an effort that will accelerate after the election, regardless of which candidate wins the presidency.
For many decades, working people have been told by the trade union officials, the civil rights leaders, and the media representatives of liberalism that they should vote for the Democrats as the “lesser evil,” to keep out the Republicans. But the reformist liberalism of the Democratic Party of the New Deal period was dead and buried in the 1960s. The limited reforms of the Johnson administration were its last gasp.
And now for the cartoon . . .
Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Economy"
Okay, let's talk Third. Here's who worked on the edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
Here's what we came up with:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: Targeting war resisters
- Media: Anger wasted, anger utilized
- 30% isn't 50% (Ann, Ava and C.I.)
- It's Ira! (parody)
- Video of the week
- Biggest damn liar of the week: Scott Horsley
- Green presidential ticket begins national ad campa...
- Freeze the foreclosures (Jerry Goldberg)
And we did the above in less time than ever before. Ava and C.I. steered the edtion. They said, "We're not doing all night. Go out, go to bed early, whatever. We'll be on conference at 8:00 am." And wow we did it in five hours. We were focused. If we got off topic, Ava or C.I. would bring us back on topic.
It was weird to have a real Saturday and even a Sunday. We work 12 to 18 hours usually on Thrid.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"